Wednesday workings

It seems strange to write this update about taking advantage of a beautiful, sun-filled Wednesday evening when at this very moment, there is white-out, snowy Bleaksburg conditions underway. What a strange Topsy-turvey spring.

Anyway. Jordan and I met up at the farm yesterday evening (again, under much nicer weather conditions) to do a little work before the forecasted rains (yes, I typed the word rains…because that is what was said, not snow). Mainly, I am so stinkin’ eager to work the soil I can barely stand it. So basically, any exposure to sun ramps up my desire to be out in the garden. That situation is exacerbated by the added fact that I had a new toy that desperately (or was it I being desperate?) needed tested….that’s right, folks. This year Pear Tree Hill Farm broke bad and bought an Earthway precision seeder. Actually, my back and sanity insisted upon it. No, it isn’t the bazillion dollar bling bling seeder. But from what I read, it will do the job just fine (and will definitely save my back).

So, last night was momentous. Four varieties of beets and…..many varieties of carrots (I went a little mad on the carrot end of things…so many varieties I lose track…8 varieties I think) were seeded using the new toy. Hip hip hurray we are underway!

This weekend (after the supposed rain), I have high hopes of seeding some greens (mustards, asian greens, and lovely kales). I will (of course) let you know. In the meantime, enjoy these action photos…..and try to forget that I mentioned it is snowing outside.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Ahem. In my excitement to get started, I kinda forgot to test my new toy. In an ideal situation, you would place your seeder over a tub (which I had there but for some reason neglected to use), turn your wheel (having marked it somehow) one revolution, and then count the number of seeds dispensed. Um. Probably a very VERY wise thing to do so that they next day you don’t worry about what may…or may not…be in the ground. Rest assured, I will test the toy this weekend. 🙂

Carrot seeds

Carrot seeds

Hopefully, there are many rows of these delights in the ground.

I captioned this photo ‘poor poser’ because Jordan forgot to tell me to “turtle.” To “turtle” is to be certain and extend your neck in just the right stretch so all the waddles beneath your chin are no longer visible. Two very wise women taught me that. They know who they are.

Poor poser

Poor poser

Poser

Poser

See. See the difference? I captioned this image ‘better poser’ because I made Jordan retake my picture post-“turtle.” I know that you are amazed by the difference. You can thank me later for this tip when you take your next family whatever photo, and you look stunning compared to the rest of your tribe who instinctively tuck their chins and accentuate their neck waddles.

Action I

Action I

Obviously, action photos. I had to tilt the seeder a tad because there was so much static in the hopper (thus part of my after play angst that not a single seed was delivered), the tilt helped to angle the seeds to the seed plate/grabber thingy.

Action II

Action II

Apparently also, in ‘action II’ it works better with a lot of hip action.

Rows could be straighter

Rows could be straighter

Are my hips and thighs REALLY that wide?

By the way….it is still snowing.

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